Illinois communities are now invited to submit proposals to host the next One State Together in the Arts conference, to be held in 2018.

Those who submit compelling and competitive statements of interest by 5pm CST on Monday, November 13, 2017 will receive further instructions and be invited to deliver full proposals due by 5pm CST on Monday, December 11, 2017.

Click here for instructions and guidelines regarding your statement of interest.

Click here for instructions and guidelines regarding your full proposal.

Questions? Contact the One State 2018 Site Selection Committee via email at

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One State Together in the Arts isn’t your ordinary conference. Rather than lots of plenaries and concurrent sessions, One State has about a dozen presentations — one keynote and several 20-minute talks. Our presenters are all dynamic, electrifying, and inspiring storytellers. Thank you to our 2015 One State Presenters:

Founder / Author
Artists / Educators
The Sun Foundation
Executive Director
Illinois Arts Council Agency
Artist / Educator
96 Acres
Poet / Performer / Sound Artist / Scholar
Illinois State University
Executive Director
Arts Alliance Illinois
Producer / Director
Pens to Lens
Writer / Director
Free Street Theater
Program Director, Culture
The Joyce Foundation
Urban Designer/Farmer
Sweet Water Foundation
Artist / Professor
Northwestern University
Artistic Director
Center for Performance and Civic Practice | Sojourn Theatre
Actor / Director / Artistic Director
The Gift Theatre